Love and War: 1940 and Beyond

This series is inspired by themes of love and war since the 1940s. I am very intrigued by the acceleration of cultural transformation that took place in post WWII society, personally in regards to my own family history as well as its relevance on a collective scale. As my grandfather, turns 90, and my grandparents and clients share their colorful stories, I realize we will soon lose this unique generation that has seen a world war, built their homes from the ground up, and have built their existence around a kind of love and loyalty that will soon be rare to find. It is the ideals they have instilled and inspired that will hopefully live on.
Love through generations, transient beauty, and creative sacrifice are themes that are found continuously within my body of work. Love of a mother, a child, a pet, a lover; it is everything. It marks where we are in our lives and how we experience each day. It’s what we cling to despite the fact that we know it well inevitably slip through our fingers. Everything must go, for everything in our lives is simply passing, like cycles in nature, birth, and death. My work is a consistent tribute to this. It is my own reminder to be aware of the sacredness and preciousness of every moment, every sound, every touch, which are saturated with breath and beauty.

The process of collage allows for me a very tactile relationship with paper. Using my only my intuition to make visual associations, it becomes a very healing regenerative, recycling process which helps transform these images in new and relevant ways. I am very drawn to “vintage” imagery and often incorporate it in my work not only for its aesthetic value, but its emotional content as well. I use imagery from an abundance of unfinished drawings, paper I have collected through the years, old postcards found in local antique shops, and old magazines that were on their way to a dumpster. Weeding through the clutter in my life is a vital part of my artistic process, de-cluttering both my physical and mental space. I really believe these materials contain a spirit, which adds sentimental weight to my work. Each layer tells a story; each a thread woven into the fabric of our existence.

  • For Allen Street Hardware, Buffalo NY 2011
  • Date November 2011

"The Elixir of Life/Death"

"To Put it On"

"Sprout"

"Buds"

"Mother and Son"

"Dear, Mama"

"Sly"

"Conch Shell"

"To Freeze Our Dance Under Lakes"

"A Baby Boomers Bubble Bath"